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Liberation of Aleppo represents US’s most serious setback in 15 years

Posted by seumasach on December 22, 2016

Tim Anderson

Khamenei

21st December, 2016

In late 2016, at the cost of many young lives, Syrian forces took back the eastern part of the city of Aleppo, occupied by NATO and Saudi backed terrorists for more than four years.

The liberation of Aleppo, Syria’s second city and an ancient marvel, represents the most serious setback for the 15-year long Washington-led aggression on the entire region. An effective re-colonization of the region has stretched from Afghanistan to Libya, under a range of false pretexts. Invasions and proxy wars have been backed by economic sanctions and wild propaganda.

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Peace in Syria – it’s the last thing the US wants

Posted by seumasach on December 14, 2016

Neil Clark

RT

12th December, 2016

Last week US President Obama waived military aid restrictions for “foreign forces” and others in Syria. When hopes were raised for an end to the Syrian conflict following the recapture of most of eastern Aleppo, the US is pouring more petrol on the fire.

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What would an ‘America First’ foreign policy look like?

Posted by seumasach on December 3, 2016

Justin Raimundo

antiwar.com

23rd November, 2016

As Donald Trump takes the reins and we all prepare for the next four years, the need to translate rhetoric into reality comes to the fore. Trump spent the campaign repeating a phrase that horrified the elites – especially the foreign policy Establishment – even adopting it as his official campaign theme: “America first.”

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Battle of Aleppo is end of history in the Middle East

Posted by seumasach on October 5, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

5th October, 2016

Russia’s possible victory in Syria will mark the end of western hegemony over the Middle East, and historians are bound to single it out as the defining foreign-policy legacy of Obama’s presidency.

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Refusing diplomacy on Syria may result in full-scale war

Posted by seumasach on October 3, 2016

TASS

2nd October, 2016

MOSCOW, October 2. /TASS/. The refusal of a diplomatic settlement in Syria may result in a full-scale war which will lead to “tectonic shifts” in the whole region, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in the “Right To Know” program on TVTs channel.

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US-Russian deal: ‘DoD openly saying It may or may not obey Obama’

Posted by seumasach on September 26, 2016

Sputnik

It is a little hard to believe that the US Air Force’s attack on the Syrian Arab Army was a mere accident, Professor Stephen F. Cohen noted, warning the US party of war, which is adamantly opposed to any cooperation with Russia, is growing more and more influential in Washington.

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Russia calls U.S. bluff on Syria

Posted by seumasach on September 26, 2016

Alexander Mercouris

The Duran

26th September, 2016

With the Kerry – Lavrov agreement having collapsed and the US military ruling out imposition of a no-fly zone, the US can only rage as the Syrian army with Russian backing closes in on the Jihadis in eastern Aleppo.

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Why the recent developments in Syria show that the Obama Administration is in a state of confused agony

Posted by seumasach on September 25, 2016

The Saker

23rd September, 2016

The latest developments in Syria are not, I believe, the result of some deliberate plan of the USA to help their “moderate terrorist” allies on the ground, but they are the symptom of something even worse: the complete loss of control of the USA over the situation in Syria and, possibly, elsewhere.  Let me just re-state what just happened:

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Washington experiencing ‘mutiny’ over Syrian conflict

Posted by seumasach on September 25, 2016

. “What we are seeing now is the sinking of President Obama’s attempt at a détente with Russia. He is facing a concerted opposition of the Department of Defense, the CIA, the New York Times, Washington Post and the Democratic candidate. Can he prevail against that? I don’t think so.”

Crooke’s analysis is absolutely spot on! The implications of what has happened are immense. The USA is fragmenting at the top. It is very difficult for the Russians to see whoever is in the White House as a negotiating partner. We therefore enter into a  dangerous stand-off. As in Brexit Britain, the military-industrial-financial complex consolidates it’s hold on power at the expense of peace and the prosperity of it’s people. I do not say there will be war with Russia but a continuation of the peace process Obama had initiated looks very unlikely. Clinton doesn’t want it and Trump will run into the same obstacles as Obama.

RT

Interview with Alastair Crooke

23rd September, 2016

The US Defense Department effectively rebelled against the president’s authority when it said it may or we may not comply with the ceasefire, says former MI6 agent and founder of the Conflicts Forum Alastair Crooke.

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Joe Biden came, saw, but failed to conquer Turkey

Posted by seumasach on August 26, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

26th August, 2016

If US Vice President Joe Biden hoped for a trade-off with Turkish President Recep Erdogan – US assurances over Euphrates River ‘red line’ for Kurdish militia in lieu of Turkey’s acquiescence with Islamist preacher Fetullah Gulen remaining in Pennsylvania – that was not to be. ‘Euphrates Shield’ pre-empted Biden’s bidding. Erdogan thereby made Gulen’s extradition a ‘stand-alone’ issue. US’s Syria policies are in free fall and Turkey is increasingly eyeing Russia and Iran as its key interlocutors to resolve the Syrian problem.

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End the Syrian war

Posted by seumasach on August 21, 2016

Pakistan Today

21st August, 2016

First Russian involvement changed the fortunes of the Syrian civil war to a large extent. Then first some, and later much, of the world began a sort of decoupling with the Gulf regimes, especially Saudi Arabia, and moved closer to Iran. Then the Syrian Arab Army started regaining lost cities and highways, especially the route from the Turkish border to the disputed city of Aleppo; which no longer supplies rebels with American anti-tank weapons, etc. And now, with the Americans, GCC, Nato, etc, on the back foot, the Chinese have also engaged with the war, training the Syrian forces as they close the noose around the rebels, particularly ISIS.

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